Dogwood vs. GED

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are a few different ways to become recognized for having a high school education or equivalent in the province of British Columbia.

Dogwood Diploma: The British Columbia Certificate of Graduation, also known as the Dogwood Diploma is awarded to students who complete high school and successfully meet the Ministry of Education’s requirements set out in the Graduation Program Order.  Visit the Ministry’s site for more information: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/policy/policies/student_credentials.htm.

French Dogwood Diploma: This certificate is awarded to those who complete high school in a Programme Francophone or French Immersion and meet the Graduation Program Order requirements set out by the BC Ministry of Education.  Visit the Ministry’s site for more information: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/policy/policies/student_credentials.htm.

Adult Dogwood: This diploma is awarded to an adult student (18 or older) who completes at least 3 courses as an adult (or through a prior learning assessment), and meets the British Columbia Adult Education Requirement Order as set out by the Ministry of Education in BC.  Visit the Ministry’s site for more information: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/graduation/adult_graduation.htm.

GED: The General Education Development is a group of five multiple choice subject based tests.  Those who complete is successfully will be awarded the GED Secondary School Equivalency Certificate as laid out by the Ministry of Education.  Visit the Ministry’s site for more information: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/ged/geninfo.htm.

This article was written by Miranda Vande Kuyt, a blogger for the My ESC website. Find out more about Miranda through her website: http://mirandavandekuyt.wordpress.com.

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